February 25th, 2014

How to Warp a Loom with Knitting Yarn

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This week’s post comes from Jackie; a knitter, weaver, new crocheter and one of our fabulous Customer Service Representatives.

When I’m using a knitting yarn that comes in balls or one I wound into a ball for warping my rigid heddle loom, I put the yarn in a shoe box and thread it through a hole poked in the box.  This lets me warp the loom without the yarn rolling around on the floor.  It also has the added bonus of keeping my “helpful” pets away from it.

Knitting yarns can be wonderful to use in weaving. I like using hand dyed yarns especially or yarns with long color repeats because they look really interesting in weaving. My favorites include: Classic Elite Liberty Wool Print, Tosh Vintage, Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted, and Malabrigo Rios made some awesome scarves last year!

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2 Responses to “How to Warp a Loom with Knitting Yarn”

  1. Cindy Shaner Says:

    im curious…is there a certain strength you need for using yarn as warp. And, do you do one warp strand, at a time? Thanks in advance

  2. Sara Says:

    Hi Cindy,

    Our Weaving Manager Leslie Ann says, “There are two ways to test whether a yarn is suitable to use in the warp. The first is to hold a length between your hands and pull firmly (don’t jerk it, just a steady, strong pull). If it holds up, it should work as warp. The other is an abrasion test, because the warp will have the reed or rigid heddle moving back and forth over it. Hold a piece of the yarn tightly and scrape it with the side of your thumbnail. You are looking for endurance here, as well as how much the yarn fuzzes out. Some yarns will be strong enough but you may not like how they look after abrasion.

    As far as warping, it depends on which method you are using. If you wind a warp on a warping board, most weavers will wind one strand at a time. For the Direct or Peg method on rigid heddle looms, a loop of yarn is pulled through the slots of the heddle; each loop equals 2 strands.”

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